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#d2d – As the leaders approach the final mark on the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race course, the Washerwoman Rocks, it looks like game set and match to the low handicappers.

View D2D Race Tracker Here.'s current prediction is line honours for O'Leary father and son on Antix, followed by Georges Sisk's WOW, but there is going to be a close battle for the overall prize between the veteran Oyster 37 Amazing Grace under the command of Brian O'Sullivan, and Blue Eyes, the Elan 340 entered by Simon Knowles and Colm Buckley, with the double-handers Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive on Lula Belle rounding off the top 3.

The Amazing Grace crew from Tralee Bay will be hoping that their slightly longer waterline can see off the Howth challenger and deliver a Kerry win when they cross the finish line just before dawn on Monday.

Brian O'Sullivan texting this evening: 'Still going well enough inspite of the relatively calm conditions. A greay day to be at sea! Praying for that freshening breeze on our own turf up along the west coast'. 

Pre-race favourites Antix, will do well to finish in the top ten as the wind continues to build giving the slower boats still on the water an increasingly favourable following breeze that will see a lively spinnaker run into Dingle.

Of course, we all know that predictions can be notoriously fickle, like the weather itself, and this is all based on error free final watches aboard our nominees. will stay with the fleet and will bring the next update around midnight.

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#D2D – As dawn breaks on the 2013 D2D fleet, the lack of wind throws predictions awry and observers can only wait, like the frustrated crews, for a reasonable breeze to fill in.
That might well be later this afternoon, but fickleness is still part of the equation and while the tracker shows positions, until the first boat crosses the Dingle line all bets are off.
If and when the wind fills, it seems likely to be a following breeze and this could well benefit the lower rated boats - if they can carry the new wind to the finish.
Another hard day and night ahead for most boats – a finish is not now likely until the wee hours of Monday morning for the fast boats and it could well be sometime on Tuesday for the lowest rater – Kuba Szymanski's Polished Manx, a recent ISORA race winner from the Isle of Man.

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#d2d – The first 24 hours of this year's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle have been atypical as the fleet juggled with the complexities of a building springtide, and relatively light north easterly winds. See live Tracker here

Most opted for the port gybe offshore option down the Irish Sea, taking them away from the stronger tides around Wicklow Head,
before gybing back inshore. Antix led the fleet around the Tuskar shortly before 4am in a relatively fresh 16 knots, but are now running downwind in a more modest 8 knot north easterly.

While Antix leads on the water, they are trading places for the overall IRC lead with Liam Coyne and Brian Flahive in Lulabelle. This is impressive going by the duo, keeping ahead of most of the fully crewed yachts. These pair are being closely followed by Liam Shanahan's J109 Ruth and Brian Carroll's Elan 40 Chancer.

With 130 miles to go the current rate of 7 knots should see Antix get to Dingle at about 10am Sunday, however, maintaining that progress may be difficult with the current forecast predicting even light winds ahead.

So all to play for over the next 24 hours, and plenty of sunshine and spinnaker work for the crews as they approach the iconic Fastnet Rock.

One time leader the J109 Mojito is stll chasing sistership Ruth. ISORA commodore Peter Ryan on board Mojito texted - 'Chasing Ruth! Hard to stick with her. Hard work. Gybing not paying. We have another plan if the wind holds'.

Brian O'Sullivan of Tralee's Amazing Grace text to say: 'We took a chance and ran the rhumb line from the kish bank and that has paid off! We' re now back in this race after a sluggish start'.

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#D2D – Third out of Dublin bay, ISORA commodore Peter Ryan and ISORA champion Stephen Tudor on board Peter Dunlop's J109 Mojito are the early IRC leaders an hour into the Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race this evening.  See D2D race tracker here.

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As forecasted, it was slow progress after the start at 4pm. Some of the 22–boat fleet were still negotiating Dalkey Sound, hugging the Dublin coast to avoid the worst of the last of an adverse tide at 5pm.

Spinnakers barely filled as back markers sailed perilously close to the Bulloch harbour shore while on the water leaders Antix, Aquelina and Mojio enjoyed a few knots more from the north easterly breeze on port gybe in Killiney Bay.  

The fleet was reduced by one with the withdrawal of the double-handed Blackjack but a very late entry 'Desert Star' of the Irish Offshore Sailing School based in Dun Laoghaire has taken her place.

By 6pm those still in Dalkey Sound elected to anchor such was the strength of the north going tide pushing them backwards not forwards on their 320-mile voyage.

Follow the progress of the fleet on the live D2D race tracker here and this handy link to all Afloat's D2D race coverage. We're using #d2d on race tweets.

Check back regularly for D2D race updates on

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Anthony and Peter O'Leary ready for the off in Scotsman's Bay this afternoon. Photo: Michael Chester.

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 Just 320 miles to go! The fleet leave Dublin Bay bound for Dingle on the D2D race. Photo: Michael Chester.  

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 Discover Ireland, the defending D2D champions, in race mode. Photo: Michael Chester. 

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#d2d – Boosted by a late entry the 23-boat Dun Laoghaire to Dingle fleet are assembling this morning at the National Yacht Club pontoon in Dun Laoghaire readying for this afternoon's 4pm start. The tenth anniversary edition of the offshore race looks like it will be off to a slow start with light winds forecast to the Tuskar at least.

Pundits are backing Rockabill, the Corby 33, as a front runner but there's a varied fleet and some tested offshore campaigns all heading west this evening too.  Read WM Nixon's race preview here.

The National Yacht Club race start is viewable from the East Pier in Dun Laoghaire. Follow the progress of the fleet on the live D2D race tracker here and this handy link to all Afloat's D2D race coverage. We're using #d2d on race tweets. 


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Photographer Michael Chester took the shots from this morning's Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. It was, as predicted, a gentle start for the tenth race from the National Yacht Club. Scroll down for photos:
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Sailing offshore? The National Yacht Club is staging an 'Introduction to Offshore Racing' evening next Saturday 7th April 2011 at 19.30 and a line up of speakers inlcudes Maurice 'Prof' O’Connell on winning the 2009 Dun Laoghaire to Dingle Race. Mick Liddy on how to prepare for offshore sailing. Former National Yacht Club commodore Peter Ryan will give tips on ISORA racing in the Irish Sea.

Whether you are a Round Ireland expert or an offshore newbie the Dun Laoghaire club stresses it is an informal night but a 'unique one' both for offshore sailing fans and those who might be considering going offshore for the first time this season.


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The Dun Laoghaire to Dingle race takes place from June 11th - 14th. When the race participants head off from the harbour arms of Dun Laoghaire and head along the Leinster coast, they will be celebrating the tenth such race to Dingle since the event started in 1993.

Last year, 37-strong boat had a white-knuckle ride to the Co. Kerry harbour, with the last boat home just 47 hours after the Dublin Bay start, making it the fastest ever D2D race.

The 2009 race also set a new record when Michael Cotter's 'Whisper' achieved a time of 24hrs, 43mins and 45 seconds. Cotter's impressive record beat the previous holder won by TP52 Patches of 32hrs 33 mins and 45 seconds, which was achieved in 2005.

The last race saw a return of TP52 Patches but she was beaten by no less than six boats: Whisper, Tiamat, Orix Aviation, Legally Brunette, Pretty Polly and Antix Dubh. The Whisper also achieved another accolade with the fastest boat speed of 22.7 knots, the highest in this race's history, and also for the largest number of entries.

Plenty of reasons to look forward to next year's D2D race which is now officially set as a major date on the ISORA calendar.

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Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in Ireland Information

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity to save lives at sea in the waters of UK and Ireland. Funded principally by legacies and donations, the RNLI operates a fleet of lifeboats, crewed by volunteers, based at a range of coastal and inland waters stations. Working closely with UK and Ireland Coastguards, RNLI crews are available to launch at short notice to assist people and vessels in difficulties.

RNLI was founded in 1824 and is based in Poole, Dorset. The organisation raised €210m in funds in 2019, spending €200m on lifesaving activities and water safety education. RNLI also provides a beach lifeguard service in the UK and has recently developed an International drowning prevention strategy, partnering with other organisations and governments to make drowning prevention a global priority.

Irish Lifeboat Stations

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland, with an operational base in Swords, Co Dublin. Irish RNLI crews are tasked through a paging system instigated by the Irish Coast Guard which can task a range of rescue resources depending on the nature of the emergency.

Famous Irish Lifeboat Rescues

Irish Lifeboats have participated in many rescues, perhaps the most famous of which was the rescue of the crew of the Daunt Rock lightship off Cork Harbour by the Ballycotton lifeboat in 1936. Spending almost 50 hours at sea, the lifeboat stood by the drifting lightship until the proximity to the Daunt Rock forced the coxswain to get alongside and successfully rescue the lightship's crew.

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895.


While the number of callouts to lifeboat stations varies from year to year, Howth Lifeboat station has aggregated more 'shouts' in recent years than other stations, averaging just over 60 a year.

Stations with an offshore lifeboat have a full-time mechanic, while some have a full-time coxswain. However, most lifeboat crews are volunteers.

There are 46 lifeboat stations on the island of Ireland

32 Irish lifeboat crew have been lost in rescue missions, including the 15 crew of the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) lifeboat which capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the SS Palme on Christmas Eve 1895

In 2019, 8,941 lifeboat launches saved 342 lives across the RNLI fleet.

The Irish fleet is a mixture of inshore and all-weather (offshore) craft. The offshore lifeboats, which range from 17m to 12m in length are either moored afloat, launched down a slipway or are towed into the sea on a trailer and launched. The inshore boats are either rigid or non-rigid inflatables.

The Irish Coast Guard in the Republic of Ireland or the UK Coastguard in Northern Ireland task lifeboats when an emergency call is received, through any of the recognised systems. These include 999/112 phone calls, Mayday/PanPan calls on VHF, a signal from an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) or distress signals.

The Irish Coast Guard is the government agency responsible for the response to, and co-ordination of, maritime accidents which require search and rescue operations. To carry out their task the Coast Guard calls on their own resources – Coast Guard units manned by volunteers and contracted helicopters, as well as "declared resources" - RNLI lifeboats and crews. While lifeboats conduct the operation, the coordination is provided by the Coast Guard.

A lifeboat coxswain (pronounced cox'n) is the skipper or master of the lifeboat.

RNLI Lifeboat crews are required to follow a particular development plan that covers a pre-agreed range of skills necessary to complete particular tasks. These skills and tasks form part of the competence-based training that is delivered both locally and at the RNLI's Lifeboat College in Poole, Dorset


While the RNLI is dependent on donations and legacies for funding, they also need volunteer crew and fund-raisers.

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